Wednesday, May 29, 2013

(Almost) Every Day in May -- Day 29

Getting close!

We headed out this morning at 10 and went about 15 miles before we decided it was too blazin' hot to go all the way out to Purcellville.  The problem wasn't when and where we stopped -- it was knowing the last 10 miles would be on an area of the trail that has very little vegetation cover.

We had lunch in Leesburg.  Here's the crew:

Back Row: Nancy, Bunny
Front Row: Betty, Dina, Barbara

The last five miles were hard.  The weather guys said it was 86, but my car reading of the ambiant temperature said it was 93.  I believe the latter.  By the time we got to the last two miles, I was starting to get the shakes -- and had gone through two bottles of water.  I'm really glad we turned around when we did!

When we got to the parking lot, something exciting happened to Betty's back tire! She had placed it on her rack on the back of her pick-up truck and we all heard a sound like a shot!

Her tire blew out!  We had just come off the very hot trail, had been traveling at some speed, and I think when she started her truck and the exhaust started blowing out, it was close enough to the tire to superheat it and ka-blam!

Glad that wasn't on the trail!

So, 30 miles total for the day.  Whew!

1 comment:

The Bug said...

I'm glad you guys turned around when you did - even drinking water you were probably losing the hydration battle.

I would have jumped a foot in the air when that tire blew - yikes!